Young Talent and Budding Brigade 2017 | Apply Today

Presented by the Stop-Gaps Cultural Academy in association with The National Centre for the Performing Arts, the Young Talent Concert Series is now in its 28th year. The series has successfully provided a concert platform for talented young artistes to make their debut before a discerning and appreciative audience.

Many of these have gone on to pursue careers in conservatories and institutions abroad and to make a name for themselves in the field of Western Music. Included among them are Ms. Dierdre Lobo, Dr. Fareed Curmally, Ms. Dilshad Billimoria, Mr. Farhad Billimoria, Mr. Anando Mukherji,  Ms. Sheherazade Panthaki, Ms. Nina Menezes and a host of others.

To encourage the ever-growing number of children excelling in their music exams, the Budding Brigade Concert Series was started.

Here are the rules and regulations and an application form for these Concerts in 2017. The dates of the programmes are:

Young Talent: Friday, 2nd June, 2017 & Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Budding Brigade: Thursday, October 5th, 2017

The last date for submission of the participation form is 31st March, 2017.


The Young Talent and Budding Brigade Concert Series is presented annually by The Stop-Gaps Cultural Academy in association with the National Centre for the Performing Arts. These concerts aim at promoting and encouraging Western Classical Music among young people, while providing talented young artistes a concert platform on which to perform and present themselves to a fairly wide audience.



FRIDAY, June 2nd, 2017 – 6.30 p.m.

THURSDAY, August 3rd, 2017 – 6.30 p.m.


THURSDAY, October 5th, 2017 – 6.30 p.m.

For the Young Talent Concert Series, a maximum of four performers may be presented at each concert.

For the Budding Brigade Concert Series, a maximum of 12 performers may be presented.

VENUE: Tata Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021



YOUNG TALENT: Amateur musicians between the ages of 15 years and 30 years as on 15.8.2017

BUDDING BRIGADE: Children between the ages of 7 years and 14 years as on 15.10.2017


YOUNG TALENT: Vocalists and instrumentalists should have passed the A.T.C.L/A.R.S.M, or Performer’s Certificate Examination or possess an equivalent qualification.

BUDDING BRIGADE: Vocalists and instrumentalists should have achieved distinction in music grades 4 to 8.

However, exceptional cases of proven musicianship supported by documentary evidence or letters of recommendation from a recognised institution or music teacher, will be considered.


The selection of performers will be made by the Music Director and a Selection Committee. The decision of the Selection Committee will be final and binding on all performers. Selection will be made on the basis of merit and may even include an audition, if found necessary. Aspiring performers from outside Mumbai will be expected to send a demonstration CD.


YOUNG TALENT: Each performer selected will have to prepare a programme of approximately 25 minutes duration which may include at least one complete major workNo part or movement of a major work (Sonata etc.) will be permitted to be performed.

BUDDING BRIGADE: Each performer will perform a programme of 10 minutes.


The performer is permitted his/her own choice of music to be performed. However, no two performers in the same Concert will be allowed to perform the same piece/work. The performer whose application was received first will be allowed to play the piece, while the other will have to make the necessary change, for which s/he will receive information in advance. A list indicating the performer’s repertoire, with personal choices and alternatives, must be sent in advance to the Selection Committee with the applicant’s bio-data.


Vocalists and instrumentalists requiring an accompanist will have to make their own arrangements for one. No fee will be paid to the accompanist by the organisers. The Organisers may help to arrange for an accompanist, provided the music is sent well in advance, and the performer agrees to the dates of rehearsals as per the accompanist’s schedule.


The performers will be allowed to practice on or with the piano at the Little Theatre, Nariman Point, on one occasion before the date of the Concert at a time that will be indicated to them in advance, and at the Experimental Theatre, on the morning of the Concert.


Formal. Candidates selected will be sent instructions on choice of attire and concert-performance etiquette.


Travel costs will NOT be reimbursed.


Performers will have to make their own arrangements to stay in Mumbai. If they are unable to do so, the Organisers may assist them in arranging a hostel-type accommodation, the charges of which the performers will have to bear on their own.


The last date of receiving applications from performers for these concerts is 31th March, 2017. Applications should include a complete resume, a repertoire of the applicant and a letter of recommendation from the institute/music teacher.

All applications should be addressed to Mr. A. J. D’Souza, Chairman & Music Director, and posted to the following address – 

201, Alpine Apt., Opp. Shalimar Petrol Pump, Dr. C. Gidwani Road, Chembur, Mumbai 400 074.

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